LAHORE: The 8th edition of Chief of the Naval Staff Amateur Golf Championship will swing into action here from November 16 at the exquisite Defence Raya Golf and Country Club Golf Course.
Station Commander Pakistan Navy Commodore Naimatullah stated this while addressing a press conference here at the Defence Raya Golf Club.
Commander Adnan Rasool, Lt Commander Abdul Basit, Col Farhan of Defence Raya and Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed, Director Media were also present on this occasion.
Commodore Naimatullah further stated for the 8th segment of this majestic golf competition, Defence Raya Golf Course has been chosen as the playing arena.
“Undoubtedly , this golf course has all the components for holding a prestigious national championship and that includes,
remarkable fairways, sterling greens and commendable environment and top of the line allied facilities, ”he said.
Commodore Naimatullah also highlighted that the Pakistan Navy and the sponsors are striving to make sure that all aspects of the competition are handled and executed in an outstanding manner and the competitive activity sparkles the golf scene of the country.
“In line with the vision of the Chief of Naval Staff , Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi, Pakistan Navy seeks to jell sports with professional assignments in a way that cohesion is promoted and youngsters feel looked after well and through emphasis on physical activity , health of the community at large is promoted, ”he said.
Commodore Naimatullah added that from the competitive angle , the prime and paramount aspects of the event are that it is open to the top golf amateurs of the country and only players with a handicap of 12 and below are eligible to participate.
Top ranked players are determined to come up with amazing golf scores so as to bring joy to all stake holders associated with this championship and in the process prove that they are champions of value in this game of skills.
As for the sponsors, Pakistan Navy have offered complete financial support along with Turkish Airlines , Banks, Model Steel, Toyota and others towards holding of this event in a grand way and as for Defence Raya Golf and Country Club, it has opened up its golf course to all participating amateur golfers and seeks to enable them to achieve honours and pick up valuable prizes.
Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed said that for the amateur golf players of Pakistan, this event seeks to create an opportunity whereby they can apply their golfing skills in a way that the scores they attain help them to get noticed at the national level and subsequently represent the country in international competitions. A total of 240 competitors are taking part in this championship.
There is also an event for the Senior Amateurs. Age eligibility for Senior Amateurs is 55 years and above and having handicap of 14 and below. Ladies will compete over 18 holes on 16th November and eligible ones are those who play to a handicap of 30 and below.
Khawaja Pervaiz said that notable national players in line for honours are Wazir Ali; Salman Jehangir; Ahmed Zafar Hayat; Robin Bagh; Qasim Ali Khan; Mohsen Zafar(all from Lahore Gymkhana), Ahmed Baig, Nadeem Aslam, M. Saqib, Ahmed Kayani and Damil Ataullah(all from Garrison Golf Club), Fakhar Imam; Zunair Aleem Khan; Sardar Murad; Murad A. Khan; Taimoor Shabbir; Abbas Ali Shah; Ahmed Rafi(all from Defence Raya);
Notable amongst the other amateurs participating in this championship are Ghazanfar Mehmood, Zohaib Asif and Raja Asrar.
At the conclusion of the Championship on November 18, the chief guest will be Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat, , Vice Chief of Naval Staff. The Main Trophy is on Gross Score; Defending Champion is Salman Jehangir.